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Red Hat Launches Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations on AWS

Workstation-as-a-service offering brings the power and flexibility of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform to compute-intensive tasks across the hybrid cloud, helping to mitigate hardware costs and administrative overhead

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations on AWS, a cloud-based, virtual workstation built on the hardened innovation foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Accessible via an Amazon-provided NICE DCV client or standard web browsers, the service delivers a high-end Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations environment for powering intensive workloads like animation rendering or data visualization without the associated hardware costs or administrative requirements.

The global pandemic drove an ongoing remote work boom, with nearly every industry feeling its impact. This includes organizations built around a workstation culture, like animation studios, visual effects companies, industrial design firms, research organizations and more, which are now looking for ways to deliver high-end hardware capabilities to a distributed workforce. Failing to do so could result in slowed projects, talent drain or even lost business.

Delivered via NICE DCV, a high-performance remote display protocol, on AWS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations on AWS provides a workstation-as-a-service solution designed to address these challenges. It supports a variety of GPU-accelerated hardware instances offered on AWS while still delivering a fully-featured Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations environment, delivering a powerful set of capabilities, including:

  • Optimization for high-performance workloads with an emphasis on graphically-intensive processes, limiting the need to performance tune or configure the operating system to meet user needs.
  • Extensive software support with Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations retaining the same certified ecosystem as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, with thousands of independent software vendor (ISV) applications ready for use.
  • Broad hardware support that works with a range of Amazon EC2 instances, including G-family accelerated instance types best suited for remote workstations.
  • Provides access everywhere by offering web client and Windows, Mac and Linux thin clients support.
  • An established software development stack with support for the latest stable languages, databases, and tools.

Consistency for the hybrid cloud, from platform to cloud service

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations on AWS builds on Red Hat’s commitment to delivering technologies that more consistently bridge hybrid cloud environments, not just as platforms but also as services. The same skills, tools and workloads that run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux today also run on this new service, enabling organizations to maintain workflows and operational consistency, even with a remote workforce and limited hardware options.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations is available now via the AWS Marketplace with support for both GRID and Tesla drivers.

Supporting Quotes

Gunnar Hellekson, vice president and general manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat

“Compute-intensive tasks like animation, data visualization or medical imaging require a powerful, scalable and stable operating system. Red Hat Enterprise Linux already delivers these capabilities for high-end workstations, and today’s launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations on AWS further expands this delivery, enabling artists, medical professionals, scientists and engineers to do their work anywhere in the world with the required features and in a low-latency environment. Hybrid cloud adoption thrives on consistency and by making the Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations experience the same, whether on-premises or via cloud service, Red Hat delivers this consistency.”

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Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.

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